Members of staff
Mrs M West
Miss M Flannelly
Mrs S Mellon
Mrs L McBride
Mrs A O’Harte
Mrs D Dunne
The Loreto Careers Department aims to deliver Careers Education Information And Guidance (CEIAG) to all pupils to help them acquire the skills and values to select a fulfilling and worthwhile career.
Pupils have fortnightly lessons Form/LLW class. Pupils begin their career planning journey exploring options based on academic strengths and personal interest. Pupils and parents are provided with information on GCSE and Occupational Studies subject options. Some subjects are compulsory, but there is an element of choice. It is important that the decision is based on what the pupil is good at, enjoys, and which may be considered taking onto A Level, whilst keeping career pathways open.
Year 11 & 12
Pupils have timetabled Careers classes once a fortnight. They learn about the world of work, structure of industry and commerce, employment trends and the pattern of training. Pupils in year 12 are interviewed by the Careers Advisor, Mrs Claire Hutton and are encouraged to make decisions about post 16 education –whether to stay on in school, apprenticeships, employment or further Education College. Pupils are advised to check GCSE requirements for Further Education courses, and A Level subject and grades required for University.
Year 12 pupils must sign up to the Careers Google classroom page for updates.
Careers is taught in small timetabled classes. A careers project ensures pupils extensively research their options after school – Higher Level Apprenticeships, Higher Education qualifications leading to University, undergraduate study at University or Employment. Pupils have the chance to attend Open days at Belfast Trust in the Health related disciplines, and in Holy Week, undertake a short period of Work Experience. This should provide knowledge and help with choosing a career path, and encourage motivation for the future. Companies who provide Work Experience include Belfast Trust, Seagate, Altnagelvin Hospital, Ulster University School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems, Magee Campus, North West Independent Hospital, Magilligan Prison, Screenworks, Pinsent Masons, Danske Bank, Clear Pharmacy and many others locally. Medical and Nursing places are secured through Charter Work Inspiration in Belfast, and through FOSEC in the West.
Please note that pupils do not contact these providers directly, but through Mrs West in the Senior Study. Mrs West also arranges insurance cover for placements.
After AS Levels in late May, pupils who intend moving on to university after school, are required to attend a morning or afternoon session in school to register with UCAS. It is then the pupil’s responsibility to update their forms over the summer and to write a personal statement. This will then be checked by their Careers Teacher in the autumn term.
Year 13 pupils must sign up to the Careers Google Classroom page for updates.
In the first term, pupils concentrate on completing their UCAS form. Information on writing their personal statement is shared by Mrs West, and a lot is also available at UCAS.com
University Open days – both in NI and beyond take place this term.
Trial Interview evening is an important date of the year 14 career calendar as it offers real life interviews with professionals in their chosen field. The students have an opportunity to amend their forms after this, based on the information and advice given at trial Interviews. MMI interviews are held on the first Saturday in November, for pupils who have applied to Medicine or Dentistry.
Closing date for applications for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary and Oxbridge is 15th October.
All other UCAS applications close on 15th January – the school tries to have them all sent by the end of November.
St Mary’s University College closing date for applications is 13th January – this is not through UCAS
CAO applications close at the beginning of February
Students must be aware of and apply for HPAT, BMAT, Tests, UCAT or LNAT
Student finance is applied for online at www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
Year 14 pupils must sign up to the Careers Google classroom page for updates.